Stand Ye in Holy Places

Idaho Falls North Stake Trek to Martin's Cove

Spiritual and Physical Preparation

Listen to our Trek song - God Was There - by Shauna V. Brown

“It is good to look to the past to gain appreciation for the present and perspective for the future. It is good to look upon the virtues of those who have gone before to gain strength for what lies ahead.” -President Gordon B. Hinckley- 

The Third Rescue refers to your own personal experience and rescue

“As surely as the rescue of those in need was the general conference theme of October 1857, so too is it the theme of this conference and last conference and the one to come next spring.  It may not be blizzards and frozen earth burials that we face this conference, but the needy are still out there—the poor and the weary, the discouraged and downhearted, those falling away into the forbidden paths, and multitudes who are kept from the truth because they know not where to find it.  They are all out there with feeble knees, hands that hang down, and bad weather setting in.  They can be rescued only by those who have more and know more and can help more…. They are everywhere, on our right hand and on our left, in our neighborhoods and in the workplace, in every community and county and nation of this world.  Take your team and wagon; load it with your love, your testimony, and a spiritual sack of flour; then drive in any direction.  The Lord will lead you to those in need if you will but embrace the gospel of Jesus Christ.”  Elder Jeffrey R. Holland, General Conference October 2006

 Before we can reach out to help other we have to have a strong testimony ourselves.  In his October 2006 conference address, Elder Monson talked about how we can build a firm foundation for ourselves.  He said:  “we can fortify our foundations of faith, our testimonies of truth, so that we will not falter, we will not fail.”

“In order for us to be tested, we must face challenges and difficulties.  These can break us, and the surface of our souls make crack and crumble—that is, if our foundations of faith, our testimonies of truth are not deeply embedded within us.

We can rely on the faith and testimony of others only so long.  Eventually we must have our own strong and deeply placed foundation, or we will be unable to withstand the storms of life, which will come.

How can we build a foundation strong enough to withstand such vicissitudes of life?  How can we maintain the faith and testimony which will be required, that we might experience the joy promised to the faithful?  Constant, steady effort is necessary.  “

President Thomas S. Monson, October 2006 General Conference

President Monson gave three guidelines for us to follow to build our foundation.  These are the guidelines we will use to build our “spiritual fitness.”  When our foundation is sure and we are strong we will be able to rescue ourselves from the storms of life, as well as family and friends and others we encounter along our path.

Guideline #1:  Prayer - “…our Heavenly Father knows us; He loves us; He wants what is best for us.  Let us pray with sincerity and meaning, offering our thanks and asking for those things we feel we need.  Le us listen for His answers, that we may recognize them when they come.  As we do, we will be strengthened and blessed.  We will come to know Him and His desires for our lives.:

Don’t forget family prayer.  The best way for children to learn how to pray and to know the power of prayer is to see it in action in their own family.

President Hinckley said in a fireside in Argentina:  “If there be any among you who are not having family prayer, let that practice start now, to get on your knees together, if you can possible do it, every morning and every evening, and speak to the Lord and express your thanks, invoke His blessings upon the needy of the earth, and speak to Him concerning your own well-being.  I believe that God our Eternal Father will hear our prayers, and I urge you to have family prayers. Great blessings will come to your children if you will pray together, calling upon the Lord, expressing your thanks and presenting before Him the desire of your hearts.”

Guideline #2:  Scripture Study - President Hinckley has said that:  “God has not left us in ignorance to walk in darkness.  His work, spoken both anciently and in our generation, is available to all to read, to ponder, and to accept…I promise you that if you read the words of that writing which we call scripture, there will come into your heart an understanding and a warmth that will be pleasing to experience…I promise you that as you read, your minds will be enlightened and your spirits will be lifted.”

President Monson said:  “Spending time each day in scripture study will, without doubt, strengthen our foundations of faith and our testimonies of truth.”

Guideline #3:  Service - “And behold, I tell you these things that ye may learn wisdom; that y may learn that when ye are in the service of your fellow beings ye are only in the service of your God.”  Mosiah 2:16-17

President Monson said:  “This is the service that counts, the service to which all of us have been called; the service of the Lord Jesus Christ.  Along your pathway of life you will observe that you are not the only traveler.  Here are others who need your help.  There are feet to steady, hands to grasp, minds to encourage, hearts to inspire, and souls to save.”

Guideline #4:  - Stand in Holy Places  (May Conference 2004 Elder Oaks “Preparation for the Second Coming)

Elder Dallin H. Oaks said in conference May 2004:  “Are we following the Lord’s command, ‘stand ye in holy places, and be not moved, until the day of the Lord come; for behold, it cometh quickly?”  (D&C 87:8)  “What are those holy places?  Surely they include:  Regular Temple attendance, Weekly church attendance, Regular Family Home Evening, and Magnifying your church callings

As we prepare for our trek we need to be physically fit.  However, physical fitness alone will not be enough.  We also need so be spiritually fit in order to feel the spirit of Martin’s Cove and those who sacrificed so much for us.

Make a plan for yourself to prepare physically and spiritually for our Martin’s Cove trek